In order to begin a job search, there are a few things that would be good to have.

First, it’s a good idea to set up an appropriate email and voicemail so that employers can leave you messages if they cannot initially connect with you. Time is money in business, and if an employer cannot connect with you via the phone or email, they will likely move on to the next candidate.

Second, most employers will ask you to submit a resume and cover letter when applying for a job; so, you will likely need a polished, professional, and targeted resume and cover letter.

Third, you must know where to look for jobs. Jobs can be found just about anywhere: the hidden job market, online, in papers, through recruiters, or employment centres.

Fourth, you will want to know some job search tips, tricks, tactics, expectations, and etiquette. Some helpful hints like asking for a business card when dropping off a resume so that you can follow up, or sending a thank-you card after the interview, or not chewing gum during the interview will help you tremendously in your job search. Additionally, knowing what to expect when the employer first calls you or what types of questions are typically asked in an interview will equip you with strategic responses.

Finally, it is a good idea to have references. Ideally, you will want to offer three employment related references and three character references at the interview.

Hopefully this list provided you with the basics to begin your own job search! Good luck!